How are you affected by memory loss after a brain injury?

| Dec 9, 2020 | Firm News

South Carolina residents like you may face brain trauma after a severe accident. Many sufferers of traumatic brain injury (TBI) claim to have trouble with memory, too. Most often, short term memory suffers. 

Unfortunately, many sufferers like you struggle with memory loss and damage for months, years or longer. How does this memory damage impact your daily life? 

Brain health affects memory health

The Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center looks at how head trauma and brain injuries can result in memory damage and loss. It depends on the severity of the injury and where the hit happens. Your frontal lobe holds the ability to store and recall short term memories. Thus, damage involving the front part of the brain results in more memory trauma. 

Effects of short term memory damage

Short term memory loss affects all memories made between 15 and 30 seconds. This creates unique struggles for you. A few common issues you may come across include: 

  • Forgetting things you were just told 
  • Putting down items and forgetting where you left them 
  • Forgetting crucial times, dates and appointments 
  • Not remembering to write things down before you forget them 

In daily life, this creates major problems. You may forget about doctors appointments, work meetings or conferences. You may forget what you need when you go to the grocery store. You could forget to pick up important medication. 

On top of that, you may deal with feelings of frustration, self-blame and anger due to these memory issues. It can feel like the situation is out of your control, which can lead to fear and depression. All of these have a big impact on lives of sufferers like you.